Another booming week across North America

Mystery booms continue. We found stories from Arizona to Connecticut, even into Canada this week.

More mysterious ‘booms’ reported in Verde Valley area – CBS 5 – KPHO.

Last year, about this same time, residents in Verde Valley [Arizona] heard some mysterious, unexplained booms.

Reports of similar booms are once again being called in to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. This time, primarily from the town of Chino Valley.

“The way to describe it is like a hammer being slammed down next to the house,” said Chino Valley resident Chris Schaich. “It was two hard hits and the house jumped, if felt like a jump, and I could hear the windows rattle a little bit, some glasses rattled.”

The booms were reported Monday around 10:20 AM and at 8:40 AM Tuesday. Some residents said it did not sound like an earthquake while others said it was like an earthquake. The Tuesday morning boom indeed was correlated in time with an earthquake: 2.4 magnitude east of Flagstaff. And in this second article, a noise was reported at 2:30 PM Monday, which is off by several hours of the 10:20 AM report. But this could indicate that several shallow small quakes did occur across the area generating these booming sounds that were apparent in some places but not others. That seems to happen frequently.

Across the continent, we found a story about reports in Quebec, Canada from Tuesday night.

What was that mysterious boom?.

Hudson, St-Lazare and towns farther afield were rocked briefly by the sound of an explosion and a flash of blue-green light in the night sky at around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

But the source of the big boom remains a mystery.

Officials in the off-island towns, as well as at the Sûreté du Québec, were flummoxed, leaving residents who heard the noise to wonder what happened.

Residents described it like an earthquake but also speculated it may be a meteor that triggered a sonic boom. This explanation was later confirmed.

Mystery of Tuesday’s big boom solved.

Scientists have confirmed that the celestial event that many people witnessed on Tuesday night was a meteorite.

The confirmation of “ballistic shock and some likely fragmentation” is based on data picked up by broadband seismographs at various stations of the USArray network.

As previously reported in The Gazette, because of rain and clouds on Nov. 27, no cameras were able to record Tuesday’s event, but seismic waves don’t rely on clear skies and a disturbance was detected.

“There was a modest fireball over southern Quebec just after 0047 (Universal Time = 7:47 p.m. EST),” writes Peter Brown, director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at the University of Western Ontario.

It was a small event but made a lot of noise. It was reported even in Plattsburg, NY.

Several booms were heard this morning in Connecticut and reported to police. Their cause has not been pinpointed.

Mystery mongering sites like “Earthfiles” tend to treat the widespread booms as possible warnings of coming disasters or an unsolved mystery. But as we can see, these had different, but natural explanations. In some cases as we’ve seen with booms, the origin was local from quarries or other explosives. Often they can be related to military exercises in the air or on the ground. The media reports of sky noises that have become so prevalent in the past two years are a meme unto themselves creating concern and possibly panic for people who don’t quite realize our world is a very noisy place.

  3 comments for “Another booming week across North America

  1. Chad
    November 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I had a similar experience this past week in Oklahoma. It was either Tuesday or Wednesday night. I saw a flash of blue light followed by one or two “booms”. My first thought was an electrical transformer blowing.

  2. Stefanie
    December 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    We heard a loud boom in sand springs, Ok and Berryhill. It was a pretty widely felt event. It was 12AM this morning, followed by another one. Some people said that they heard popping noises afterwards. No one and figure out what it was. There was another one a couple of days before that at 10pm.

  3. Mrs.Walin
    December 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    There have been about half a dozen or so mysterious unexplained loud “boom” type noises (some accompanied with a bright light/flash in the sky) over the past couple of months here in Northern California…. They sound like a giant explosion went off in your front yard but no one has been able to figure out what is causing it!!

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